Call for Artwork from Nature Artists’ Guild Members

It’s that time again! The Nature Artists’ Guild will once again be publishing a desktop calendar featuring members’ artwork. Proceeds from sales of the calendars, which will be available at the Holiday Exhibition, help support the activities of the Guild.

2014 Nature Artists' Guild Calendar
2014 Nature Artists’ Guild Calendar

This is a great opportunity to show off your work (and can make your holiday shopping easier!). You can see the 2014 calendar here.

Guidelines will be e-mailed to members in the next week or so – Please review them before submitting your work. The deadline for submissions is September 12, 2014.

If, after reading the guidelines, you have questions about how to prepare and/or submit your work, please contact Mary Ingels (members can find her contact info in the Yearbook).


Sneak Preview – 2014 Nature Artists Guild Calendar

The 2014 Nature Artists’ Guild desk calendars are hot off the press and will be available for sale at the Guild’s 2013 Holiday Exhibition, running November 8-10 at Thornhill at The Morton Arboretum.

The calendar is a showcase of our members’ work (and also an important fundraiser for the Guild). Guild member Carla Schmakel described the calendar as “an artifact of our collective appreciation for the natural world”, which I think sums it up perfectly.

Many thanks to everyone who submitted artwork for this year’s calendar.

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Call for Artwork – 2012 Nature Artists’ Guild Calendar

June 2011 Calendar Page. Artwork by Carol Carls

Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild are invited to submit artwork for the 2012 Nature Artists’ Guild Calendar.

The 2011 Calendar was a success – Now it’s time to gear up for 2012. Calendar sales support the programs and activities of the Guild and are a great way to showcase your work. They also make great gifts!

Click here to download detailed instructions and specifications.

The deadline for submissions is September 17, 2011. If you have questions, please contact Mary Ingels. If you’d like to volunteer to help, contact Sylvia Root Tester (phone numbers and email addresses can be found in the Yearbook).

2010 Holiday Exhibition Coming Soon!

The Guild’s 2010 Holiday Exhibition is only a month away! The Artists’ Reception – open to Guild and Arboretum members and their guests – is Friday, November 12 from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm. The Exhibition is open to the public November 13-14, from noon to 5:00 p.m.

Over fifty Guild members have submitted 175 pieces of artwork, making this one of our larger exhibitions.

Throughout the weekend, Guild members will be demonstrating various media and techniques, including watercolor, colored pencil, and carbon dust.

The Artisan Shop will be selling artist-made art and craft items, including holiday decorations and ornaments. We also will sell raffle tickets for three Winsor Newton portable watercolor sets, a Gamblin oil paint set,  a Golden $50 gift certificate, and a framed digital nature print. Also available for purchase will be the Guild’s 2011 Calendar, featuring the work of Guild artists. All proceeds go to support Guild programs and activities.

Admission to the show is free; however, non-Arboretum members must still pay admission to the Arboretum.

Our 2010 Holiday Exhibition Featured Artist

Our new blog header features the artwork of Susan Vogel, the featured artist for the Guild’s 2010 Holiday Exhibition at Thornhill Auditorium.

The Exhibition, showcasing the artwork of over fifty Guild members, opens Friday, November 12 with a reception from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm for Arboretum members, Guild members and their guests. The exhibition is open to the public  November 13-14 from Noon to 5:00 p.m.

There is no admission fee for the exhibition; however, non-Arboretum members will need to pay admission to the Arboretum.

About Susan: Following is an article that Susan wrote for the Fall issue of The Nature Artists’ Quarterly:

I grew up in Lisle, IL. I have fond memories of past winters including ice skating on Lake Marmo in the Morton Arboretum and walks through that  snowy wonderland. I was constantly aware of nature. Wild plants and animals were everywhere when I went on outings with my family. When I came home, I would sit by my desk and make pencil drawings of some of the sights I experienced. My mother was an artist and I loved her work. It inspired me. I wanted to be just like her.

It was the comic books and movies by Walt Disney that were my next inspiration. “Bambi” and “Alice in Wonderland were my favorites. I guess I was an ambitious little kid because at the age of eleven I sent Walt Disney a letter and some of my drawings and asked him for a job. Someone very kind answered my letter and suggested that I go to college first.

Art classes weren’t offered at my schools when I was growing up. So when I was of high school age, I rode the train each summer to attend art classes at Lyons Township High School in LaGrange. Later, I attended Northern Illinois University, majoring in art.

Then along came marriage and children with no time for artwork. After a gap of 30+ years, I started classes at College of Dupage, as a beginning art student once more. Their catalog offered botanical art classes at The Morton Arboretum. I love the classes here at the Arboretum, with teachers who actually teach techniques and students who are helpful and supportive. I got my Botanical Art Certificate and when the Master program was offered; I was the first to receive the Botanical Art and Illustration Master’s Studio Certificate.

I prefer working with live specimens of fauna and flora in front of me., but sometimes a photograph has more advantages. I always carry my little digital camera with me and take snapshots of moving subjects, like birds, bugs and other animals.  Originally, I was strictly a botanical artist but I’m branching out in different directions. Maybe I’ll try painting birds. After all, my last name “Vogel” means bird in German.

I joined the Nature Artists’ Guild (NAG) in 2001 and have met many wonderful artists who inspire and challenge my abilities. Thank you all for your support and believing in me.

2011 Calendar – Call for Artwork

Once again, we will be publishing a month-at-a-glance calendar to raise funds for the Guild. The calendars will be sold at the Holiday Exhibition.

The calendars make great gifts and are the perfect size for a desktop or windowsill, measuring just under 5 inches wide.

All Guild members are encouraged to submit artwork. Download the instructions and specifications here: 2011 Calendar Information Sheet

The deadline for submissions is September 25, 2010.

As in the past two years, there will be a workshop in October to assemble the printed pages.

If you have questions or need assistance with preparing your work for the calendar, please contact Mary Ingels.

© Don Castro and The Nature Artists' Guild

Flora! Illuminated

Check out the current exhibit at the Sterling Morton Library – Flora! Illuminated.  The exhibit “is a non-traditional alphabetical exploration of spectacular plant images from the Suzette Morton Davidson Special Collections of the Sterling Morton Library.”

The Library staff have created an on-line photo blog featuring artwork from the exhibit – Twenty-six pieces of art will be posted over 26 days. Today –  Day 3 –  is Chrysanthemum featuring a contemporary wood engraving and accompanied by a quote from P.G. Wodehouse:

Why don’t you get a haircut?
You look like a chrysanthemum!

More information about the exhibit, which runs through June 30, 2010, is here:

Member Artwork: Mark Willis

Starting this week, we will be posting member artwork on the blog.  If would like to have your work featured, please contact Mary Ingels.

First up is Mark Willis. Mark writes from Georgia:

Attached, please see a recent colored pencil sketch I did of black-eyed peas which are a “good luck” tradition around New Year’s time in the South. (After leaving Naperville in 2007 to retire in Athens, GA, I have learned a few new traditions in the south.) While the local red clay soil is not as kind to northern plants, there are many local plants which are intriguing to cultivate in this area. I do miss the Arboretum’s botanical classes, but can vicariously enjoy the guild’s activities. Athens does have a State botanical gardens (connected to U of GA), which provides a great source of inspiration to do artwork!

Mark Willis: Black-Eyed Peas